30 cool ways to work a choppy bob

All Things Hair | 27 June 2018

Cool, cute and cropped, it’s the choppy bob! 

It’s no secret that the bob haircut is definitely one of the chicest, most timeless looks around. But if you want to give things a fresh, modern twist, then a choppy bob is the perfect way to add a contemporary touch. And if you happen to have a lob (AKA a long bob), you don’t need to feel left out, as you too can get yourself a choppy bob – just ask Selena Gomez.

Great for every face shape and hair texture, this dramatically layered cut works a treat for just about all occasions – yep, it’s true. So if you’re considering getting a choppy bob, or you already have one that’s in dire need of style update, check out our ultimate guide on choppy hairstyles and why we’re loving this look, below.

30 ways to rock a choppy bob


olivia wilde golden blonde hair styled in a side parting choppy bob
Olivia Wilde shows off her choppy bob with a deep side parting. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Olivia Wilde

Featuring a side parting and a delicate, sweeping fringe, this dreamy bob on House star Olivia Wilde is ready to transform your look! So what are you waiting for?

woman with straight chopp long bob haircut with minimal blonde highlights
Opt for a straight and sleek style for a more subtle finish. Credit: Instagram.com/hannahf224

2. Straight and subtle

Need a new way to add definition to your straight locks? Ask your hairstylist to add in choppy layers and you’re all set. Credit: @hannahf224

side view of woman with blonde highlighted hair styled in a graduated choppy bob
The ‘pob’ is still going strong. Credit: Instagram.com/annawhiteheadxx

3. Choppy pob

Cut short at the nape and longer at the front, this choppy bob is reminding us of the now iconic ‘pob‘ hairstyle pioneered by none of than fashion icon Victoria Beckham in 2006.

Make this your next look if you missed it the first time around, or if you love it so much you want to wear it again. Credit: @annawhiteheadxx

smooth long choppy bob with layered fringe
You’ve been hit by, you’ve been struck by, a smooth choppy bob! Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Long bob with a feathered fringe

This softer, lighter take on the choppy bob works particularly well with a fringe. For best results, keep your bangs light and feathered, and style the rest of your hair sleek and smooth.

Now, if you’re dreaming of getting a long choppy bob, you’ll be thrilled to know you can also give this romantic style a whirl. We don’t need telling twice!

VO5 Sleek Blow-dry Spray

Editor’s tip: Try prepping your tresses with a few spritzes of the VO5 Sleek Blow-dry Spray before blow-drying. Trust us: your charming, sleek look will come into action before your very eyes!

side view of woman with blonde highlighted short choppy bob shag haircut
Choppy shag haircuts are the style of the season. Credit: Instagram.com/rubenrosaleshair

5. Choppy shag

Shag haircuts have fast become one of the most sought-after hairstyles thanks to the likes of Edie Campbell and Mica Arganaraz and we are totally here for it!

Making a resurgence since their debut in the ’60s and ’70s, this medium-length cut with a long fringe and choppy layers will give your long bob a rock’n’vibe. Credit: @rubenrosaleshair

jourdan dunn textured dark brown choppy bob wearing pink strapless bardot dress
Play with texture to really show off your choppy bob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Textured choppy bob

Now you have the short choppy bob you wanted, it’s time to learn how to show it off. Reach for a texturising spray to define your layers and give your tresses a messy effect.

VO5 Texturising Sea Salt Spray

Editor’s tip: To emulate Jourdan’s beach waves and tousled texture, reach for VO5 Texturising Sea Salt Spray.

Simple spray evenly onto towel dried hair. Scrunch it through with your hands and let your hair air-dry. Or for added texture use the spray on dry hair from root to tip until it is slightly damp. Twist your hair into strands and blow-dry strands into messy waves.

model with side parted short choppy bob hairstyle
The question is: which side will you choose? Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Side-parted choppy bob

Looking for a hot-to-trot short choppy bob hairstyle that’ll flatter and enhance your face shape? Well, look no further, because this pretty, unfussy side-parted hairstyle is all you need!

woman with a choppy bob hairstyle and blue highlights
Go subtle with a straight and choppy bob. Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Straight and choppy

If you have thick, straight hair, then this hairstyle will work a treat on your natural texture to create an ultra-modern look. Want to know the best part? It requires next to no styling!

cara delevingne blonde wavy hair styled in a long choppy bob
Cara’s hair is the gift that keeps on giving. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

9. Long choppy bob

She may have the holy grail of eyebrows, but model and actress Cara Delevingne clearly knows a thing or two about hairstyles too.

taylor swift with platinum blonde hair styled in a choppy bob with side bangs
Taylor Swift, is that you? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

10. Side bangs and choppy bob combo

Wowing us all with her platinum hue and killer bob and bangs combo, Taylor Swift gave her fine locks added oomph by adding in soft waves.

model with piecey layered long choppy bob hairstyle streetstyle shot
If choppy layers worry you, go down the subtle route! Credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Subtle choppy bob

If you want to try out a new haircut, but are feeling apprehensive about whether the choppiness will work for you, then why not try a slightly toned-down version of the short choppy bob?

Rather than going all out with dramatically contrasting layers, just ask your stylist to work in a few piecey ones at the ends to create a more subtle, textured look.

women with curly short choppy bob wearing sunglasses and red lipstick
You don’t need to rush to the salon to get this glam choppy, curly look! Credit: Instagram.com/eliftasel

12. Cute curls

Ready to inject your short choppy bob with a glamorous edge? Then why not try working in some Hollywood-inspired voluminous curls?

Whether you’re heading out to a swanky cocktail event, a wedding or even for office, this style will have you looking totally on point. And for maximum style points, pair the look with a red pout and get ready to #slay! Credit: @eliftasel

choppy bob: emma watson with shoulder length brown hair with choppy bangs
Emma Watson dips her toes into the style with choppy bangs. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Choppy bangs

Don’t knock it until you try it – this choppy bangs style is ideal for those looking for an alternative way to get on board the choppy bob trend.

rita ora with a straight platinum choppy bob with bangs with bold red lipstick
No look is off-limits for Rita Ora. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

14. Artistic choppy bob

You can always rely on Rita Ora to up the hair game. Taking the choppy bob and adding in a cropped fringe was enough to have us save the style to our camera roll, but it’s her precision hair placement that we simply admire.

model with short choppy bob and fringe style
Add some je ne sais quoi into your choppy look with a Parisian-perfect fringe! Credit: Instagram.com/salsalhair

15. Short choppy bob with bangs

Want to really make a stylish impact with your choppy bob choice? Then try getting some choppy bangs cut in, for a Parsian-approved hairstyle that’s all kinds of chic.

Trust us: the dreamy combination of a choppy bob and bangs will seriously help to accentuate the boldness of this look. And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to look a little like a French It-girl? Credit: @salsalhair

backshot of woman with stacked choppy bob cut
Stacked bob + choppy layers = ultra-voluminous locks! Credit: Instagram.com/headrushdesignsbyjulieann

16. Stacked bob with choppy layers

Stacked bob + choppy layers = ultra-voluminous locks! So, if you’re dealing with a bob hairstyle that falls on the finer side of the texture scale, getting this amplifying duo will instantly give you a fuller-looking mane! We’re totally sold.  Credit: @headrushdesignsbyjulieann

side view of a woman with a wavy platinum choppy bob
Platinum perfection. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbycarver

17. Platinum waves

Rocking a new choppy bob with a striking hue like this icy platinum colour will be sure to turn heads where ever you go. Credit: @hairbycarver

Dove Colour Care Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Thinking of having a colour overhaul? Then be sure to use a wash and care system formulated with coloured tresses in mind.

We love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner for its unique colour lock formula which keeps your colour looking vibrant for longer.

selena gomez with bleach blonde long choppy bob and dark roots
New cut AND a new hue! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

18. Selena Gomez’ punk rocker choppy bob

Recently, Selena Gomez bid farewell to her signature brunette tresses and welcomed bleach blonde, Nirvana hair. Selena’s bold hue and (in our opinion) her long choppy bob haircut has got to be one of her most surprising hairstyles to date.

coco rocha platinum blonde choppy bob straight hair
Supermodel Coco knows what looks good. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

19. Platinum choppy bob

With years of experience on the catwalk, Coco Rocha knows what looks good and how to pull it off, which is why we are taking notes on how she is working this choppy bob.

model with a long choppy coloured bob hairstyle
Give your long choppy bob a peachy-pink colour update! Credit: Instagram.com/riawna

20. Colourful long choppy bob

Give your long choppy bob a peachy-pink colourful update, just like this stylish Instagrammer –  and isn’t it breathtaking?

This refreshing, fun and dimensional mix of colours will help accentuate your choppy layers, brighten up your overall look and ensure you steal the spotlight at your next event. Credit: @riawna

woman with braided short choppy hairstyle
Braided hairstyles have always got your back! Credit: Instagram.com/kristin_ess

21. Braided choppy bob

Just because you’re sporting a short choppy bob, that doesn’t mean braids are out of the question. In fact, braids – like this 3-strand braid – are perfectly doable on shorter hair. Plus, by popping in a few coloured bobby pins to secure the plait, you’ll have a unique and ultra chic style in seconds Credit: @kristin_ess

sarah paulson with short blonde hair styled in a choppy bob
Live out your short hair dreams with a choppy bob like Sarah Paulson. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

22. Stacked short choppy bob

Growing out a pixie cut but find yourself in that awkward in-between stage? Then turn to actress Sarah Paulson who has the perfect transitional style with this stacked long pixie-meets-bob hairstyle.

side view of woman with a long bob and bardot bangs in brown and blonde hair
Open up those curtains, cause your hairstyle is bangin’! Credit: Instagram.com/hairbytory

23. Curtain bangs with choppy bob

Are you lusting after all of the Bardot bang hairstyles out there? Well, it’s your lucky day, because you can easily give your short choppy hair a more romantic feel with some curtain-style bangs.

Choppy haircuts can get a bad rap for being overly severe, but this sweet and romantic look definitely proves otherwise. Its soft waves, parted fringe and delicate pink hue makes for an utterly face-flattering style! Credit: @hairbytory

woman with copper shoulder length wavy choppy bob hair against graffiti wall
Tousled goddess. Credit: Instagram.com/shelleyshellll

24. Tousled strands

While soft waves seem to be a popular choice to show off a choppy bob style, it’s this bedhead look that we are totally loving for second or even, third-day hair, and all you need to create this look is a simple spritz of a texturising dry shampoo. Credit: @shelleyshellll

TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Don’t let limp strands get your down, spray tresses with TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo to instantly refresh your locks and add an effortless textured finish to your look.

dua lipa with new choppy bob haircut on dark brown hair
New hair, who dis? Credit: Instagram.com/dualipa

25. The ’90s bob

Singer Dua Lipa is giving us serious ’90s vibes with her nod to Monica Geller’s iconic hairstyle. We just love it and we know fans of Friends will approve too. Credit: @dualipa

taraji p henson with a dark brown choppy bob with side fringe
Could this be your next ‘do? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

26. Feathered layers

Empire star Taraji P Henson took to the red carpet with a flawless choppy bob complete with feathered layers, which were accentuated by her soft waves and side fringe.

woman with medium brown choppy bob with bardot style bangs
Who said choppy couldn’t mean subtle? Credit: Instagram.com/modsalons

27. Subtle and sweet

We all know choppy layers are a great way to add definition and body to fine locks, but that doesn’t mean girls with thick hair can’t jump on board too.

Styling her mahogany brown hair in a soft choppy bob with full Bardot-esque bangs, this Instagram babe is making us seriously envious. Credit: @modsalons

woman with ash blonde highlighted wavy choppy bob length hair
Highlighted waves make this choppy bob pop. Credit: Instagram.com/kimkirklandhair

28. Highlighted choppy bob

From straight to wavy, brunette to blonde – there really is no limit to how you can rock a choppy bob! And this ash blonde hue is just another way to ensure your cut looks picture-perfect. Credit: @kimkirklandhair

model with black hair and a shag choppy bob cut and bangs
Give Joan Jett a run for her money with this look! Credit: indigitalimages.com

29. Long choppy bob with bangs

Want to try a choppy look, but don’t want to go too short? Then know that a long bob can work just as well with choppy layers!

Add full bangs and channel your inner rock goddess.

model with short choppy bob with accessories
Hair accessories are great way to spruce up your long or short choppy hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/beautsoup

30. Accessorised short choppy bob

If you’re less than proficient at styling your short choppy locks, upgrading your ‘do with hair accessories is your best option. Don’t believe us? Just one peek at the surreal picture will have you running to the accessory shop! Credit: @beautsoup





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